virginia katz

land current

These three-dimensional paintings were inspired by the debossed texture of my two-dimensional topographs-on-panel and address our physical connection with and dependency on the landscape. Using only thick, acrylic paint, I built up these inches-thick, landscape paintings to emphasize the physicality of our world and to bring three-dimensional landscape painting into the tradition of what has been a two-dimensional painting practice. Many paintings emphasize natural disaster and the climate crisis we face. I form paint, peel it, cut it, sand it, layer it, and construct the works – all of paint. They are presented on the wall and on pedestals.

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Recomposition with Topaz, Amethyst, Ametrine and Quartz Crystals

Acrylic on Panel
16" x 20" x 5", 2017

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Recomposition with Topaz, Amethyst, Ametrine and Quartz Crystals - detail -


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Flesh of Our Flesh

Acrylic on Panel
20” x 16” x 4.5”, 2015

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Flesh of Our Flesh


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Debris Field

Acrylic on Panel
16” x 12” x 4”, 2017

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Debris Field - detail -


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Separation Anxiety

Acrylic on Panel
20” x 16” x 5.5”, 2015

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Separation Anxiety - detail -


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Dry Bed

Acrylic on Panel
20” x 16” x 4”, 2015

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Dry Bed - detail -


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Breakdown, two views

Acrylic on Panel
72” x 52” x 6”, 2015

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Breakdown - detail -


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Installation View


These textural, topographical works-on-paper were inspired by the Place series when I began viewing satellite imagery on a regular basis in 2006. The series is ongoing. The works are the result of multiple layers of mixed media and mixed processes on paper. Beginning as monoprints, they then were printed onto a collograph and the process continued with stages of drawing and painting to create one-of-a-kind prints of imagined lands. These familiar places are the source of our shared nature. I think of the surface of the land as akin to, or anthropomorphized as, a human skin. Natural materials, such as leaves, vines, tree bark, and soil were incorporated into the transfers to form debossed, textural patterns of time-based, proto-topographical land forms.

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Deep Waters

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print
55” x 36”, 2017

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Deep Waters - detail -


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Starting Over

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print
55” x 36”, 2017

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Starting Over - detail -


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Into the Abyss

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print
55” x 36”, 2017

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The Point of No Return

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print
55” x 36”, 2017

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The Point of No Return - detail -


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Lost Horizons

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print Mounted on Panel
55” x 36”, 2015

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Lost Horizons- detail -


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Breaking Up III

Acrylic on Panel
16” x 12” x 3", 2013

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Surge

Acrylic on Panel
16” x 12” x 3", 2013

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Surge - detail -


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Drifter

Acrylic on Panel
10” x 8” x 3", 2012

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Particulate – 405 Fwy

Acrylic on Panel
16” x 12” x 3", 2013

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Particulate – 405 Fwy - detail -


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Installation View


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Night Smoke

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print Mounted on Panel
55” x 36”, 2011

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Path – Reservoir

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print
72” x 28”, 2010

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Formations – Scape Cloud

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print Mounted on Panel
55” x 36”, 2011

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Path – Intersection - detail -

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print Mounted on Panel
72” x 28", 2010

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Mud – Slush

Oil on Panel
20” x 16" x 3", 2010

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Mud – Slush - detail -


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Force Fields – Wetlands

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Originial Print
30” x 22”, 2007

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Composite

Mixed Media on Paper
44.5” x 30”, 2014

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Bloom

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print Mounted on Panel
30” x 22”, 2014

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Dissections

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print Mounted on Panel
30" x 22”, 2014